ROLEX Deep Sea
Rolex have already established themselves as the industry leader in dive watches, with the Sea-Dweller, but the Deepsea is the most capable watch in the series being able to cope with enormous pressures and depths of up to 3900m. In 2012 the Deep-Sea watch was taken down to the Marina Trench by James Cameron and subsequently has a commemorative dial variation, Rolex Deepsea D-Blue.
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The Rolex Sea -Dweller Deepsea model number 116660 was first released in 2014 to commemorate the famous journey of James Cameron film director and dive enthusiast. The journey was to dive to the deepest part of the ocean located in the Mariana Trench in a submersible.
It was 26 March 2012 when the dive took place and they attached the Rolex Deepsea to the submarines manipulator arm, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge accompanied James Cameron on his solo 10,908-metre dive to Challenger Deep, which is the ocean’s deepest point, located in the Mariana Trench. After his historic dive James Cameron said “The Rolex Deepsea Challenge was a reliable companion throughout the dive,”
The Rolex Deepsea can go deeper than all but a few purpose-built research submarines, and more than 100 times beyond the depth that any human could physically survive. The Rolex Deepsea also has a Glidelock extension system which allows for a secure and comfortable fit to be worn over most protective diving suits.
In 2012, the innovative case architecture of the Rolex Deepsea was designed so the watch would be guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 12,000 metres. Entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, this watch is designed to resist the extreme pressure found in the deepest depths of the ocean.
The Rolex Deepsea has a very distinctive and unique dial, from top to bottom it fades from to blue to black which symbolises the ocean colour from the dive. It is also equipped with movement calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, this movement carries a number of patents. It offers outstanding performance in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks, convenience and reliability.
In 2017 the new Rolex Deepsea model 126660 was released, although to the naked eye side by side they would look near identical however there were a few subtle changes to the deepsea design. One being the all new calibre 3235 which has an increased power reserve of 70 hours compared to the 48-hour power reserve of the previous calibre.